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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? May 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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NEW Saturday 30 May 2015 7pm - FOS Brothers - Ring of Bells, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JG
Weekend festival with music and food. Outside if the weather is nice.

NEW Wednesday 10 June 2015 7.45pm - Singers Night - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Bradninch Baptist Church
Yes....it is a singers night this month..many of us will be in recovery mode after Bradninch Musical Gardens.....however it does give us a chance for a get together and have a good old thrash on various instruments and exercise the old trottle, so if you want to come and play or sing, give me or Jerry a shout and we shall give you a spot. £2 entry. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org. Contact Colin 01392 882036.

NEW Wednesday 10 June 2015 7.30pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Any musical style, from folk to country to acoustic rock & roll. A jam session for last 10 minutes or so. In the Beehive bar. Hosted by Sue King. Further info www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050. Free entry.

NEW Friday 19 June 2015 8pm - The Young 'Uns - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Nobody sleeps when The Young'uns are in town. They may have established their fast-growing reputation in the folk world with sublime a cappella harmonies, but the Teesside trio - Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle - are an unlikely force of nature on stage, beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality."Great singers and very very funny." Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. Winners of 'Best Group' at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. More details, samples etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 19 June 2015 7.30pm - US / Three Pilgrims - Broadhempston Church, Broadhempston TQ9 6BW
The legendary Herbie Flowers with Chris Spedding, Malcolm Mortimore and Derek Austin together make up the band US. Opening for them are The Pilgrims, three talented musicians Paul Massif, Mark Abis and David Watson, who have been honing their three part harmonies and rootsy guitar styles in and around London start their tour of the South West this summer with a set of blues/ folk music of wide appeal. Tickets £13 (£10 U18s) from Anna 01803 812426, email annabeadel[at]yahoo.co.uk.

UPDATED 19-21 June 2015 - 17th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Concert venue this year is the United Reform Church (refreshments but regret no bar at this venue).
8pm Friday night concert - John Kirkpatrick with support from Baldricks’s Plan. 8pm Saturday night concert - TheYoung 'Uns with support Nick Dow. 2.30pm Sunday afternoon concert - The New Scorpion Band: "The Plains of Waterloo". All concert tickets £12.
Saturday 9.30am-11am Border Morris Workshop with John Kirkpatrick – Teignmouth Community School Hall. Entrance £5.
Saturday night Ceilidh with Mrs. Midnight – School Hall – £8 door.
Other booked artists – The City of Plymouth Band, The Old Gaffers, Rumpus, Leggy Blonde, Mally Dow and lots more. Please check website for further details for events going on in the Heritage Centre, The Triangle Stage & Dicey Reilly’s, www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk,  for a booking form or phone Festival Secretary Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill@tiscali.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 5 July 2015 6.30pm - Trade Winds  - Dukes Room, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Trade Winds is a long established seeding ground for poets, singer-songwriters and storytellers, new and experienced. Turn up at the start with a short performance piece to get a spot in the show. All welcome. www.wayswithwords.co.uk. Free (no ticket required), part of Ways With Words.

NEW Sunday 5 July 2015 8pm - Barron Brady - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Ros Brady and Simon Barron: Soil Songs . . . and More. Top lyricists and superb musical duo. Acclaimed for their fresh acoustic style, articulate, sensitive songs and stylish performance tonight they launch a book of lyrics illustrated by Simon. His illustrations will form a backdrop to tonight’s entertainment.
"Beautiful music" Bob Harris, Radio 2. www.barronbrady.com. www.wayswithwords.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 July 2015 - Triple Bill: Maggie Duffy, Anne Darby, She - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
This months concert could be titled F.empower. It aims to showcase the richness and character that women bring to enrich our music, and features three acts from the South Devon area. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353. It's a long way off, but selling out fast.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Friday 19 June - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Friday 19 June - Jim Causley: How The West Was Sung - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo WI Community Hall, Newton Ferrers

Saturday 27 June - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 28 June -
Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 28 June - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter

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21/5/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 21 May 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

Special thanks to Fairport for a great evening at Ivybridge yesterday. There may still be tickets available for their show at the Plough in Torrington tonight.

Topsham Folk Club - Change of venue for one night
Sunday 24 May 2015 - Topsham Folk Club Singers Night - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Club has also recently announced its 2015 autumn programme of concert nights, all taking place on the following Sundays (8pm start, real ale bar) at Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map): 27 September - The Dovetail Trio & Greg Russell; 18 October - John Kirkpatrick; 8 November - Mick Ryan's: A Day's Work; 6 December -
Belshazzar’s Feast. Full details www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Thursday 28 May 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

NEW Friday 29 May 2015 6.30pm - Hussy Hicks - Devon Deli, 80/82 Queen Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ET
Pop-up musical evening dinner and fine music. The Australian ladies the Hussy Hicks will entertain and amaze you with their personalities and musicianship. They are also bringing along a friend of theirs from London Jimmi Nolan, Close and intimate in the Deli café Samples: www.hussyhicks.com/en/videos. Dinner 6.30pm, artiste performance 8.30pm, carriages 10.30pm. Tickets £24.99. Email for details info@thedevondeli.co.uk. Tel. 01626 204136, or pop in. Booking essential.

Friday 29 May 2015 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. Sometimes mournful, often haunting and always compelling each Henry and Martin song is a fresh journey of discovery – twisting, curling melodies and eclectic rhythms wrapping themselves around perceptive lyrics. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 29 May 2015 7pm - The Wurzels - Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
An Exmouth Rotary's Kite Festival event. For full details, ticketing etc. see www.exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/kite-festival/ticket-shop.

Saturday 30 May 2015 8.30pm - The Park Sessions - The Park, Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
An evening of country, blues and folk, featuring Chris Austin guitar and vocals & Chris Hill mandolin, vocals and lap slide guitar with a selection of traditional and contemorary songs to lift your soul; Hannah and Gabriel - Exmouth's best kept secret. This duo will impress you a beautiful sound from two young voices; The Balcony Band - Exmouth's one and only folk orchestra. Expect a lively set of English, Irish and world folk.

Sunday 31 May 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Recently described as, "Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo" (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that has resulted in their winning the 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/307024.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - The Ballad of Ewan MacColl - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ewan MacColl – singer, songwriter, radio artist, actor, playwright – would have been 100 in 2015. Some of his songs are amongst the 20th century’s best known – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Dirty Old Town, The Travelling People. Sam Richards, improviser and composer, will discuss MacColl’s approaches to songwriting. He is joined by folk musician Steve Verge on concertina, to sing songs performed or written by MacColl. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-ballad-of-ewan-maccoll. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Boo Hewerdine - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Support: Jess Vincent. Boo Hewerdine's work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as "one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters". Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!boo-hewerdine/c1g0u. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 5 June 2015 - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain Tour - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. The songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. The UK's finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr, brings her band to south Devon for a superlative set of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen classics as featured on her latest album, the acclaimed ‘Hard Rain’. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!barb-jungr/c19mt. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

5-7 June 2015 - Pennymoor Song & Ale - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, Crediton EX17 6NW
Advance bookings only. Details www.users.waitrose.com/~pennymoor/page6.htm.

Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Julie Felix - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
The legendary Julie Felix is back once again to bring joy to Hazelwood and share her stories and enchanting guitar playing.
£15 / £13. Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Saturday 6 June 2015 - Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Kieran is a Irish singer songwriter of international acclaim. In 1994 he topped the charts with his version of ‘Reach Out (I’ll be there)’ His album ‘Worse Than Pride’ achieved double platinum status and included the top ten single ‘Out of My Head’. With many dates selling out, Kieran finishes his Irish/UK tour in Bow! Kieran is joined by fellow Irish singer Annie Kinsella. “Individually they are both gifted singers, but when they sing together, magic happens… the harmonies, the chemistry… just sublime” The Irish Times. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 from 01363 82379, email heartofdevon1@gmail.com or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years performed by Bookends - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby, Bookends are back on tour with their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show, taking a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. Following a BBC Radio tour the show was described as a "must see" with Bookends being labeled as the most authentic sounding tribute to the music of Simon Garfunkel. With ever expanding visuals the show opens at the start of their career and ends at the much publicised breakup. Features hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer and the unforgettable Bridge over Trouble Water, the show is a must see for any music lover. www.thebookendsshow.co.uk. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/bookends. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 6 June 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Details tba. www.hanlonsbrewery.com/news.
A flyer picked up at a Topsham Folk Club concert recently announces 'Folk at the Brewery' (info 01363 82621): Summer Session Tues 9 June; Autumn Session Tues 8 September; Winter Session Tues 8 December - featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty.

NEW Tuesday 9 June 2015 8pm - Summer Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
First of a new seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Steve Thomason and Flash Jack with guest MC Martyn Babb. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 dates: 8 September, 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 8pm - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details, bookings etc. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/simpson-cutting-kerr.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Tickets, details
etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Thursday 11 June 2015 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road Torquay TQ2 5LG
Tickets £10+ online from www.wegottickets.com/event/311807.
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. This short album launch tour takes place in some of Gigspanner’s favourite venues – we are delighted to be one of them. “Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett.
www.gigspanner.com.

NEW Friday 12 June 2015 7.30pm - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
A cabaret of spoken word, song and music. Tonight features Andy Brown and Marc Woodward, both reading poems and singing songs. Support: poets Miriam Darlington and Lucy Lepchani. Open mic with Susam Taylor, Simon Williams and friends. Email susan[at]farmhouse.ac to request an open mic slot. Entry £3 on door. Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Friday 12 June 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching with Solarference - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Gutsy trad folk music with eclectic influences from English traditional to the weirder realms of rock their set bristles with energy adn intelligence. Solarference: Wren's Sarah Owen is joined by Nick Janaway in this exciting electro folk duo. A genre-defying mix of live electronics and traditional folk music. Full details, bookings etc. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/theatre-exeter-arts-entertainment-whats-on.

Friday 12 June 2015 - Declan Sinnott with Vickie Keating - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Declan Sinnott has been touring the UK for a number of years alongside Christy Moore, playing to huge audiences at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, always billed as Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott. However, until he released his first solo album in 2013 he had not seized the opportunity to tour solo. Support: Harbottle & Jonas - David Harbottle & Freya Jonas are based in the wilderness of Totnes. They paint pictures with their words and share stories of folk, auld and new. They are hardworking songsmiths who place emphasis on musical independence and originality, and they breathe new life into traditional English Folk songs. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/312764.

NEW Sunday 28 June 2015 Midday to Midnight - Moretonhampstead Music Day - The Horse and St Andrews Parish Church
Moretonhampstead’s annual day of music sees 38 acts lined up for 12 hours of wonderful music on 3 stages. All genres of music are catered for from electric rock to classical but this year sees a strong Folk line up including - Wildwood Kin, Mudskippers, DeMalebysse, Tony Bayliss, Hazaar, Kesseni, Phoenix Ceilidh Band, Alex Kumar. Incredibly this event is all FREE entry but we will be fundraising on behalf of MS Society. See www.facebook.com/MoretonMusicDay for details and soon to be published schedule.

NEW Friday 3 July 2015 7.30pm - Charity Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Rd, Teignmouth TQ14 8QP
Bar and light food available plus a raffle. Free car park and on-street parking nearby. Tickets £7 adv from John 07891 299928 and from Teignmouth Rowcroft Shop, or £8 door

NEW Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stoke Gabriel Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6QX (map)
First concert of exciting new Devon duo, Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar). A diverse selection of beautiful music and songs, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe and beyond. Tickets £8/£6 from Stoke Gabriel Post Office, www.wegottickets.com/event/319945 or on the door. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

NEW 10-12 July 2015 - 1st South West American Old Time Music Gathering - Burrator Reservoir
Limited tickets, advance booking essential. See poster under these dates in the Events Calendar on www.foaotmad.org.uk for full details.

Sold out 21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
www.beautifuldays.org

NEW Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416.

UPDATED Rachel's - Updated East Devon Gig Guide for May
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
[Ed.: Perhaps of particular interest below is the involvement of Harberton Folk favourite Kathryn Tickell who is giving a course and performing a public concert on 9 August.]
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

Bob Dylan in England
Dates at the end of October 2015, closest to us are Cardiff and Southampton.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 4 June - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill
Sold out Thursday 11 June - Mike Chapman & Bridget St John - Otterton Mill
Friday 19 June - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Friday 19 June - Jim Causley: How The West Was Sung - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo WI Community Hall, Newton Ferrers

Saturday 27 June - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 28 June -
Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 28 June - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter

Last not least... your regular reminder...
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Probably their last ever gig in (South) Devon before retirement later this year! Musical comedy just doesn't get any better than this. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details.

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7/5/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 7 May 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.

Several of the new items below have been gleaned from the latest updates on www.flaxey-green.co.uk, a great source of all manner of local folk information.

NEW Friday 19 June 2015 - Jim Causley: How The West Was Sung - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo WI Community Hall, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AR (map)
With special guests Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. A concert of West Country songs and stories (and no doubt there will be some humour involved!). This promises to be a great evening. Maggie and Jim both have new albums recorded by and featuring Phil Beer. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10, either email or call Maggie scotcraft@msn.com / 01803 855961. Please book in advance if possible to assist seating arrangements.

NEW Friday 19 June 2015 8pm - Ange Hardy - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290. £12 door.

Friday 19 June 2015 7.30pm - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. Already the recipient of many awards Cara is nominated this year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Singer category. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 3 July 2015 8pm - Wizz Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A true legend of British folk/blues, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richard have all named Wizz as an important early influence. After more than 50 years on the road, Wizz continues to amaze with his unique guitar style, eclectic repertoire and “right hand worthy of Broonzy”. With a background in folk, acoustic blues & bluegrass, Wizz encompasses all of these elements into his live act, together with some lovely self-penned material and more. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290. £12 door.

NEW 5 July 2015 - Dulcimer Day - South Brent
Following the previous day's South Brent Folk Day (www.southbrentfolk.org.uk) which included dulcimer workshops, concert items and a dulcimer stall there will be a 'Dulcimer Day' organised jointly by South Brent Folk and the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club in memory of virtuoso Hammer Dulcimer player and teacher Ian Hay, who lived at South Brent towards the end of his life. The day will start with a South Brent Breakfast Café from 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Centre, featuring good food, good company and ….. Dulcimer music. In the afternoon from 2-4pm in The Oak pub there will be a session with the South West group of the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club. FFI contact John on 01364 73117 / email john.rawlinson@southbrent.gov.uk or Geoff Black at reeve-black_revells@msn.com.

NEW Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - An Evening with Anthony John Clarke - Kingston Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4QE
Anthony John is a brilliant entertainer, writing songs which range from the deeply poignant to the comical, effortlessly delivered in soft Northern Irish brogue. Come and laugh, cry and be royally entertained by one of the premier talents on the folk scene. Support: local singer-songwriter John Connor. Tickets £7 adv, email johnfconnor[at]aol.com or tel 01548 810806, £8 door.

Your regular reminder...
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Probably their last ever gig in (South) Devon before retirement later this year! Musical comedy just doesn't get any better than this.  Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details.

Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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1/5/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 1 May 2015
Your usual selection of events follows below - some new listings, some updates, some reminders. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk. All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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NEW 12-14 June 2015 - Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
OK, it's not in our coverage area but if you enjoy shanties, sea songs and much more this is a fabulous opportunity to see 53 groups in 21 venues, all for free (but bucket collection proceeds all go to the RNLI). All our local shanty crews (purely in alphabetical order) will be there: Back Beach Boyz, Exmouth Shanty Men, Flash Jack, Mariners Away, Nauti Buoys, Old Gaffers, along with some overseas groups, and Fisherman's Friends. The main festival sponsors are Skinners Brewery (big smiley) and Seasalt. The detailed programme will appear on the website www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk in due course.

19-21 June 2015 - 17th Annual Teignmouth Folk Festival
A great line-up including The Young 'Uns, John Kirkpatrick, The New Scorpion Band, Nick Dow, Baldrick's Plan, Mrs Midnight's, Old Gaffers, City of Plymouth Pipe Band. See www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk for programme, ticketing etc.

Saturday 20 June 2015 - Heart of Devon Festival - Bow nr Crediton
Multi-genre festival. See www.theheartofdevon.co.uk/festival for details.

Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

UPDATED 17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

NEW 7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

***** End of festival feature *****

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

General items retained from previous circulars

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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***** Stop Press! Last chance to see New Rope *****
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
The final year of the New Rope String Band - and probably their last ever gig in South Devon! The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! The tour will culminate in a final gig and party weekend on Halloween 2015. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details.
***** Tickets just released!! *****

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

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North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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***** Final reminder - Tickets available on the door *****
Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers,  the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk. Tickets £10/£8. Contact Barry Goldsmith on 01803 845251 for information. Licensed real ale bar, provided by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes.
***** A Harberton Cricket Club  promotion supported by Harberton Folk *****